All Electric Part 2: What I Missed In Part 1
Thanks to the many comments on my first post, I am including a lot of electrical stuff that I missed in my first version of “All electric. “
Perhaps the smallest electric vehicle on the market today is the electric skateboard. This one is capable of speeds of up to 34 mph!
One of the comments on my previous one All electric article was that I had forgotten the electric gardening equipment. As my main focus was electric mobility, I forgot to include electric gardening tools. In addition, all kinds of hand tools, such as screwdrivers, jigsaws, routers, pneumatic nailers and impact wrenches, have always been essentially electric. More recently, almost all of these tools are now battery powered, so workers no longer have to find an outlet and drag out a power cord or air hose. Take a look at the photo above: We see electric lawn mowers, electric chainsaws, electric leaf blowers, and more, along with all the spare batteries and chargers needed to keep them running. Today you can walk to any Home Depot, Lows, or Harbor Freight and come home with an electric lawn mower with enough power and spare batteries to mow a decent sized lawn.
Here’s another thing I missed in my first version of All electric – Cayago’s SEABOB.
Anyone who has spent time in Bangkok, Thailand; New Delhi, India; Hanoi, Vietnam; or almost any developing country in Asia has seen and ridden in one of the air polluting 3 wheel 2 cycle tuk-tuks that dominate these cities. Companies like GMW (see below) are leading the “charge” to electrify and clean up these cities.
If you’ve ever been to a ski resort, traveled to Yellowstone in the winter, or hiked one of the endless miles of snowmobile trails in northern Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Michigan, you know that snowmobiles are used for both the job. work and leisure. The electric snowmobile in the photo above was developed by Aurora powertrains from Rovaniemi, Finland.
Electric cars are no longer just personal vehicles. They are also work cars – police vehicles, taxis, ambulances, etc.
Then there are the electric buses – how could we ignore them?
Many American cities and municipalities are experimenting with electric buses. So far this is normally only a handful in each location, but there are hundreds of them in some cities and thousands in some Chinese cities.
Out of nearly 425,000 electric buses around the world at the end of last year, some 421,000 were in China. The global electric bus fleet grew by around 32% in 2018. Shenzhen city alone has more than 16,000 electric buses and 22,000 electric taxis. It is the headquarters of the electric battery, car and bus company BYD.
An obvious omission in my first article concerned electric passenger trains. They are practically non-existent in the United States but very common in Europe and China. In the figure above, the TGV crisscrosses the French countryside at 200 mph near the small village of La Bonnardeliere, speeds almost incomprehensible to Americans. The TGV speed record is over 350 mph.
The TGV in France and the ICE trains in the rest of continental Europe make the train an interesting alternative to the plane.
The global high-speed train network includes 6,552 miles in Europe, 24,653 miles in China and zero miles of true high-speed rail network in the United States. However, that could improve slightly by next year. Amtrak bought improved trainsets from Alstom that tilt in the bends allowing for faster speeds. The new trains are expected to run up to a top speed of 160 miles per hour, which is 10 mph faster than the current generation of rolling stock. The increase may seem small, but the design of the train is not the limiting factor. Alstom says Avelia Liberty trainsets could travel at speeds in excess of 185 miles per hour. The only thing holding Alstom’s Avelia Liberty trains together are the old tracks.
The Amtrak Acela connects Washington, DC and New York, and Boston for a total distance of 451 miles. It is the only semi-high speed rail service in the United States today. It will take several billion dollars to modernize the tracks in the Northwest Corridor in order to obtain true service at over 200 km / h. Biden’s Build Back Better Bill may include money for this upgrade.
The California High Speed Rail Authority is currently building 119 miles of high speed rail track in California’s Central Valley. It will be the first true high-speed rail network in the United States. Ultimately, the network will link San Francisco to Los Angeles. However, at the moment, only the easy part is under construction. The more expensive sections will connect downtown LA and San Francisco, which are currently unfunded. California’s high-speed rail service won’t be really useful until the whole project is finished. Again, the Biden Build Back Better Bill may have money for these projects.
Many electric planes take inspiration from the ubiquitous drones, which are used both for hobbyist models and for larger delivery vehicles.
Speaking of miniature drones, these carry high-resolution video cameras, making them extremely useful for hobbyists and allowing Hollywood feature film producers to eliminate helicopters.
Here is! Lots of things I missed in my prime All electric article. Thank you for all your comments. I’m sure there are still some “Ethings” that I missed. Thank you for informing me with your comments.
Do you appreciate the originality of CleanTechnica? Consider becoming a CleanTechnica Member, Supporter, Technician or Ambassador – or Patreon Patron.